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31

Aug

How to watch Neptune and ‘dodgeball’ asteroid in the sky tonightBackyard astronomers with a telescope can spot Neptune in the constellation Aquarius tonight, but both the blue planet and the asteroid can be seen online as well.

How to watch Neptune and ‘dodgeball’ asteroid in the sky tonight
Backyard astronomers with a telescope can spot Neptune in the constellation Aquarius tonight, but both the blue planet and the asteroid can be seen online as well.

29

Aug

Who really discovered Neptune?Neptune was likely mistaken for a slow-moving star by a famous astronomer.

Who really discovered Neptune?
Neptune was likely mistaken for a slow-moving star by a famous astronomer.

26

Aug

Star explosion’s beauty revealed by space telescopeThe supernova that spawned the stunning remnant likely occurred 3,700 years ago.

Star explosion’s beauty revealed by space telescope
The supernova that spawned the stunning remnant likely occurred 3,700 years ago.

22

Aug

How to see the Milky Way in the summer night skyYou’ll need a clear and moonless sky away from the lights of nearby cities to catch even a glimpse of our home galaxy.

How to see the Milky Way in the summer night sky
You’ll need a clear and moonless sky away from the lights of nearby cities to catch even a glimpse of our home galaxy.

05

Aug

Huge black hole puts on spectacular fireworks showThe black hole at the center of the galaxy Messier 106 is sucking up so much gas that star formation is 10 times slower in Messier than in our Milky Way galaxy.

Huge black hole puts on spectacular fireworks show
The black hole at the center of the galaxy Messier 106 is sucking up so much gas that star formation is 10 times slower in Messier than in our Milky Way galaxy.

6 new telescopes that will change the way we see spaceA new age of astronomy is dawning, thanks to an unprecedented building boom of big telescopes that are expected to shed light on dark energy, distant solar systems and other mysteries of the universe.

6 new telescopes that will change the way we see space
A new age of astronomy is dawning, thanks to an unprecedented building boom of big telescopes that are expected to shed light on dark energy, distant solar systems and other mysteries of the universe.

28

Jul

How to watch minor meteor showers as summer endsThe only things you’ll need to see these meteor showers are your eyes or an internet connection.

How to watch minor meteor showers as summer ends
The only things you’ll need to see these meteor showers are your eyes or an internet connection.

18

Jul

Where’s the moon? Lunar sights of the late-night skyThe moon is rising nearly an hour later each night, making it difficult for folks to catch a glimpse.

Where’s the moon? Lunar sights of the late-night sky
The moon is rising nearly an hour later each night, making it difficult for folks to catch a glimpse.

11

Jul

Violent star explosion reveals origins of space dustGrains of cosmic dust interfere with scientific measurements, sometimes making it difficult for researchers to be accurate in their models of the universe.

Violent star explosion reveals origins of space dust
Grains of cosmic dust interfere with scientific measurements, sometimes making it difficult for researchers to be accurate in their models of the universe.

07

Jul

Spot the 3 largest constellations in the night skyIt’s fun spotting constellations, but some professional astronomers think of the constellations as nothing more than foolish old figures and would prefer that they be removed from almanacs.

Spot the 3 largest constellations in the night sky
It’s fun spotting constellations, but some professional astronomers think of the constellations as nothing more than foolish old figures and would prefer that they be removed from almanacs.